A progression from the recommended Ivysaur 4-4-8 Beginner Strength Program, the Ivysaur intermediate aesthetic program is a 5 day per week linear progression hypertrophy program. On it, you’ll be adding weight to your lifts every 3 weeks. [Read more…]
Recommended Bodybuilding & Hypertrophy Programs
- PHAT Workout Program
- PHUL Workout Program
- Shortcut to Size
- KIZEN 4 Week Powerbuilding Preview
- Metallicadpa 6 Day PPL (aka Reddit PPL)
About Bodybuilding & Hypertrophy Routines
A bodybuilding program is designed to induce hypertrophy in the athlete's muscle, stimulating muscular growth. This is often done by exercising each body part approximately twice per week in a "splits" that target certain groups of muscle per training session.
Except in the case of the big 3 compound movements, bodybuilding routines rarely focus on working off of a percentage of a lifter's one rep max because they include so many accessory movements where a 1RM isn't always helpful. Instead, the number of sets, amount of rest in between sets, and rep ranges are often manipulated to induce hypertrophy. Of course, the weight lifted helps achieve this goal too.
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9/14/19 Edit: Fixed a whole bunch of errors on the spreadsheet. It works as expected now. If you happen to see anything else, please let me know on the feedback form. Thanks to the person who used the form to let me know!
The 6 day PPL program known as the “Reddit PPL” or “Metallicadpa PPL” is a great workout routine for those looking to increase strength and gain size. Several different spreadsheets have been created for this program, which I go into a bit below. I’m bringing forth a new and improved version here after being frustrated by the shortcomings of past efforts. [Read more…]
Edit 9/22/19: Fixed an issue with the inputs. Using a “.” (i.e. period, full stop) is now supported in the 1RM input fields.
This program is an 8 week hypertrophy training program inspired by Reddit user and strength coach /u/BigCoachD. Good for off-season powerlifting training, bodybuilding, or anyone looking to increase their work capacity and get bigger.
Updated July 22, 2019: Converted spreadsheet from Excel to Google Sheet. Added notes on the cardio acceleration exercises.
Shortcut to Shred is a 6 week fat loss and muscle building workout routine by Jim Stoppani (who also created Shortcut to Size). It combines cardio exercises in between lifting sets to help maximize calories burnt during a training session without having the workout become exceedingly time consuming. Below are a Google Sheet and PDF. [Read more…]
A 4 day split workout program is an exercise regimen that targets different muscle groups on different training days. Body parts are “split” into different training days, allowing recovery of those muscle groups while others are being worked in the next training session. Still, the term is somewhat flexible and can be applied to many different types of training. [Read more…]
Bodybuilding Routine FAQs
- What is a bodybuilding program?
- A bodybuilding program is a workout routine that emphasizes muscle growth (i.e. muscular hypertrophy) in the athlete. In contrast, a powerlifting program is designed with the goal of increasing an athlete’s one rep max in the squat, bench press, and deadlift.
- What is a good bodybuilding program for beginners?
- Will I get stronger running a bodybuilding program?
- If you are currently untrained, yes, running a bodybuilding program will increase your overall strength. If you measure strength based on one rep max or weight lifted in the 3 to 5 rep range, then no, a bodybuilding program will not likely increase your strength. They can, however, improve your work capacity, which can later lead to strength improvements.
- Will I lose weight running a bodybuilding program?
- Weight loss is predicated upon burning more calories than the amount consumed over time. Any exercise program can assist with burning calories, but the other critical component of this equation is diet. If you eat enough, you can gain weight while running a lifting program. Use a TDEE calculator and calorie tracker to help meet your weight loss goals.